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Even Mario Testino Can’t Save These Trashy Covers of V Magazine (Forum Buzz)

Ever since V Magazine celebrated its 100th issue, our forums have had a rocky relationship with the title, which has served up some questionable covers over recent months. The cast of The Neon Demon managed to thrill us on the cover of the last issue, but V Magazine has taken two steps backward with the unveiling of its latest. For its Fall 2016 edition, Mario Testino was brought in as the photographer of choice, capturing Taylor Hill straddling Troye Sivan (below) and Lucky Blue Smith with Kacy Hill for issue 103’s two covers.

V Magazine #103 Fall 2016 by Mario Testino


It’s safe to say that magazine covers have been a total disaster this month. “Literally no redeeming feature for me whatsoever. And it’s odd that Testino managed to make his own work look like a cheaper and inferior version of the original. It’s as awkward and overwhelming as his Vogue China cover,” disapproved Benn98.

“Testino’s imagery is outdated to the point of being cartoonish. Who still thinks that a pant-less woman sitting on top of a man is ‘sexy’ or ‘fierce’? And to make it worse, whoever cast this story is insane,” Marc10 chimed in. (more…)

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Study Says Luxury Shoppers Aren’t Good Samaritans

Fashion road kill is real, people. And if the above clip doesn’t have you convinced, a recent study conducted by social scientists from Paris Descartes University and the University of Southern Brittany just might.

Seeking to determine how environmental cues affect people’s tendency to help those in need, the researchers made the streets of Paris their stage.

The setup was pretty simple. Groups of undergrads went incognito as damsels in distress in both “ordinary” places and more “haute” locales (i.e. near luxury outposts like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Prada and Versace). They then feigned an obvious need of assistance. Some, wearing crutches, “accidentally” dropped their belongings in front of unsuspecting passersby. Others were told to take a more active approach, asking random pedestrians to lend them a cellphone or temporarily watch their wheelchair-bound companion slash co-conspirator.

The results? Near designer boutiques, participants were far less likely to help. While 77.5 percent of those on couture-free streets lent a hand, only 35 percent of luxury clients did the same. Sacré bleu. (more…)

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These Fashion Trends Will Return to the Runways for Spring 2017, According to Big Data

Gigi Hadid models a bomber on the Elie Saab Spring 2016 runway, a natural choice for the athleisure enthusiast.

Gigi Hadid models a bomber on the Elie Saab Spring 2016 runway, a natural choice for the athleisure enthusiast; Image: Imaxtree

Big brother is watching you — more specifically, what you’re buying. Thanks to fashion-centric big data firm Edited, which digitally tracks around 450 million pieces of clothing from 90,000 brands sold online, we now have quantifiable evidence that bomber jackets, sheer fabrics, off-the-shoulder tops and slip dresses were this season’s biggest hits — and might just reappear on the runways.

By continually monitoring when merchants added looks to their sites, slashed prices and sold out of styles, Edited was able to paint a picture of not only what brands are peddling, but which fashion trends the global fashion set is picking up.

For instance, the trusty bomber jacket, preferred top layer of the Hadid sisters, fared better than its laid-back denim and leather biker cousins when it came to online sales. Only 22 percent of spring bombers made it to the price chopping block, while 30 percent of denim and biker toppers were placed on sale. It follows that market-savvy retailers are propagating the trend — stateside, 20 percent of the bombers now available online have been stocked within the past two weeks. (more…)

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Helena Christensen Strips Down on Vogue Portugal’s September Cover (Forum Buzz)

The September covers have been disappointingly ordinary so far and now, for what’s considered the biggest fashion issue of the year, Vogue Portugal opts for a mostly nude cover model. After successfully securing Noami Campbell and Anja Rubik in recent months, Portuguese Vogue taps 90s supermodel Helena Christensen for September, in a bid to attract some much-needed attention. Shot by photographer An Le, Helena stripes down while clutching a nondescript article of clothing against her bare skin. Fashion issue, you say?

Vogue Portugal September 2016 : Helena Christensen by An Le


Our forum members weren’t afraid to let loose their opinions. “Looks like an ELLE cover,” slammed a disapproving A.D.C the second the cover came to light.

“Come on, An Le! You’re better than this. Don’t know why they went with black and white for September,” added a startled Benn98. (more…)

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You’ll Never Guess What Cara Delevingne Calls Her Lady Garden

Cara Delevingne has built a career (and a massive social media following) out of being unflaggingly authentic. Throughout her time in the spotlight, she’s used her celebrity status to draw attention to difficult topics — from mental health to sexual orientation to animal rights — with candor and insight. Now, with Gynecological Cancer Awareness month right around the corner, Cara is encouraging women to talk more openly about vaginal health.

These Celebrities Want You to Tend to Your Lady Garden (for a Good Cause) ]

The Suicide Squad actress is the new face of Lady Garden, a UK-based campaign run by a group of women, including her sister, Chloe, who founded the Gynecological Cancer Fund after experiencing a “bit of a scare with a pre-cancerous cell.” (The Delevingne power siblings could give the Olsens and Kardashians a serious run for their money.)

“She was very brave and spoke about it. It takes a lot of courage to talk about things like this. I think women need to be braver about it because otherwise people can be affected,” Cara explains in the campaign’s promo video. (more…)

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The 2017 Pirelli Calendar Showcases Talent, Not T&A

Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren and more celebrated actresses star in 2017's Pirelli Calendar, “a counter message to fake beauty ideal."

A behind the scenes shot of Nicole Kidman posing for Peter Lindbergh; Image: Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli

Neurons over nudity, states the new Pirelli calendar, the lineup of which reads more like a Steve McQueen call back than a list of women to be featured in the Italian tire brand’s once predictably provocative yearly. Lensed by iconic German photographer Peter Lindbergh, who first injected a bit of Hollywood charm into the cal back in 2002 with his images of Selma Blair, Julia Stiles and the late, oh so great Brittany Murphy, the 2017 calendar will feature raw, elegant images of some of the most iconic actresses of our time.

This year’s publication will be “a counter message to [the industry’s] fake beauty ideal,” the photography proudly stated to Vogue. The pared-down would-be pinups will include Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren (aka the master of “sluttish eroticism“), Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Charlotte Rampling, Zhang Ziyi and Léa Seydoux, along with Anastasia Ignatova, a professor of political theory at Moscow State University who you won’t find on IMDB.

“Everyone in this calendar, at one point in my life, I wanted to marry, and I didn’t have the balls to ask them!” says Lindbergh of his chosen ensemble. (Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion he’s currently wooing Ignatova?) (more…)

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